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August 15, 2019

ChristChurch Shooter is Allowed to Write a Letter from Prison on Which He Calls for More Violence


 


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday that prison officials screwed up by allowing Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of the country’s worst act of terrorism, to send a letter to an admirer, expressing his hateful beliefs.
The six-page handwritten letter — addressed to “Alan” in Russia — was posted to 4chan, a message board popular with white supremacists, this week. 
Many commenters expressed skepticism that the letter was genuine, but on Wednesday, New Zealand’s Corrections Department, which oversees the nation’s prisons, admitted that the letter “should have been withheld.”
Speaking to reporters at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu, Ardern said the incident “just should not have happened.”
“I think every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able to share his hateful message from behind bars,” she said.
“This is an offender who has a very specific goal in mind, in terms of sharing his propaganda, so we should have been prepared for that.”
Ardern has declared her intention to take all necessary steps to deny Tarrant, accused of murdering 51 people at two Christchurch mosques in March, of a platform to spread his hateful ideology, to the extent of pledging she will never speak his name. The circulation of the letter online — on a forum associated with white supremacists, no less — represents an embarrassing blunder for her government, particularly in the aftermath of recent shootings in which the suspects have cited the Christchurch terror attacks as inspiration. 
Since the massacre, at least three suspected far-right gunmen have cited Tarrant as an inspiration for their actions: at a synagogue in Poway, California in April; a Walmart in El Paso, Texas earlier this month; and most recently a mosque in Baerum, Norway last Saturday. Much of Tarrant’s letter, dated July 4, focused on his memories of a 2015 trip to Russia. He thanked his correspondent for postage stamps he had sent, saying they were the only piece of color in his gray cell, and said he could not “go into any great detail about regrets or feelings as the guards will confiscate my letter if I do.” Despite this, the letter ended with a statement that could be read as inciting his supporters to violence.
The Corrections Department said it was permitted to withhold prisoners’ mail in a limited range of circumstances, and that, on review, the letter in question should have been seized.
“We have made changes to the management of this prisoner’s mail to ensure that our robust processes are as effective as we need them to be,” said the statement. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said that Tarrant should not have been able to send the letter, but suggested a review of Corrections laws may be necessary to tighten and clarify guidelines in order to prevent a similar letter from being posted from a New Zealand prison.
“We have never had to manage a prisoner like this before — and I have asked questions around whether our laws are now fit for purpose and asked for advice on what changes we may now need to make,” Davis said.
Before the shootings, Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, posted a 74-page white supremacist screed on the website 8chan, in which he outlined his racist and violent views. Authorities in New Zealand and Australia swiftly moved to outlaw possession or distribution of the document, and banned video from a Facebook livestream of the massacre.  Tarrant has pleaded not guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and a charge of terrorism, and is due to stand trial in May.
Cover: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks to the media on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern spoke about the El Paso massacre, the latest attack in which the gunman appears to have praised the March shootings in Christchurch, where an Australian white supremacist is charged with killing 51 worshippers at two mosques. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

April 17, 2019

US Coast Guard officer hoped to 'kill every person on the earth’ Is He The Only One Around? NOT By A LONG SHOT


A cache of guns and ammunition uncovered by US federal investigators in the home of Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson in Silver Spring, Maryland. on February 20, 2019Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionGuns and ammunition were found at the home in Silver Spring, Maryland
A US Coast Guard officer has been arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack, court documents show.
Police found a cache of weapons and ammunition at the Maryland home of Christopher Paul Hasson.
The self-proclaimed white nationalist had drawn up a list of targets including prominent Democratic politicians, according to prosecutors.
He is said to have drawn inspiration from the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik.
"The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," US District Attorney Robert Hur said in the court documents, requesting that he be held in detention pending trial.
court sketchImage copyrightCBS
Image captionMr Hasson appeared in court on Thursday

What has he been accused of?

Mr Hasson is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and controlled substances, but prosecutors say these "current charges, however, are the proverbial tip of the iceberg".
"The defendant is a domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct."
The 49-year-old is a lieutenant at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington and lives in the Maryland suburb of Silver Spring.
The Coast Guard confirmed that a member of the service had been arrested, and said he was no longer employed at the agency's headquarters.
Fifteen guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition were found in Mr Hasson's basement flat along with illegal drugs, the attorney's office said.
A locked case of illegal drugs found in the home of Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson in Silver Spring, Maryland, on February 20, 2019Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionIllegal drugs included human growth hormones and steroids, prosecutors say
When agents raided his home, they discovered a locked case with more than 30 vials of human growth hormone, a steroid that prosecutors say he took thinking that it would "increase his ability to conduct attacks".
Officials say he also had ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol since 2016, as well as synthetic urine in order to pass random drug tests at work.

What evidence do prosecutors have?

Prosecutors said that in a draft email from June 2017 Mr Hasson wrote: "I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful but how do I acquire the needed Spanish flu, botulism, anthrax, not sure yet but will find something."
A list of possible targets included Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer as well as media personalities including MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough.
Since 2017 Mr Hasson had studied parts of a manifesto by Anders Breivik on how to amass firearms and compile a list of targets, prosecutors allege.
Breivik murdered 77 people in 2011 in two terror attacks. He killed eight people with a car bomb in central Oslo and then shot dead 69 others, many of them teenagers, at a Labour Party camp.
Mr Hanson was inspired to create his list by Breivik, prosecutors say.
"During unrest target both sides to increase tension," Mr Hasson wrote in one draft email.
"In other words provoke gov/police to over react which should help to escalate violence. BLM [Black Lives Matter] protests or other left crap would be ideal to incite to violence."
court sketchImage copyrightCBS
In another email to a white supremacist almost two months after a rally in Charlottesville which led to the death of a counter-protester, he wrote of his hope for a "white homeland".
"I never saw a reason for mass protest or wearing uniforms marching around provoking people with swastikas etc.," Hasson said in the letter, according to court filings. 
"I was and am a man of action you cannot change minds protesting like that. However you can make change with a little focused violence."
His internet search records showed he searched for the home addresses of members of Congress, including Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The New York City congresswoman on Wednesday criticised journalists for reporting on her new Washington DC apartment as Mr Hasson was allegedly plotting his attack against her and other lawmakers. 
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During court appearance on Thursday, Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Day ordered him to be held in detention for 14 days.
After 14 days, the judge ruled, he can re-argue for his release unless more charges are filed against him.
During the hearing, Mr Hasson's defence team argued that he should be released to his wife given his career of military service on behalf of the United States.
According to CBS, his lawyers called his gun collection "modest at best" and said the charges were "histrionic and "without substance".

April 6, 2019

Brunei Bringing Back a Law to kill Gays and Started a New Tourist Campaign to Entice Visitors

“The abode of peace beckons”. So says the promotional literature. But Brunei’s latest tourism tagline jars somewhat with the reality on the ground: yesterday the country introduced death by stoning for people found guilty of homosexuality and adultery. 
Brunei’s new penal code, which punishes thieves by amputating their limbs, has been widely condemned by human rights groups, and Hollywood stars such as George Clooney, who has called for a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei; a property portfolio that includes London’s Dorchester.
“Brunei’s new penal code is barbaric to the core, imposing archaic punishments for acts that shouldn’t even be crimes,” said Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Asia director. “Sultan Hassanal should immediately suspend amputations, stoning, and all other rights-abusing provisions and punishments.”
Under the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT), “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishments” are forbidden. Brunei has signed, but not ratified, the convention and is not alone in enforcing a strict interpretation of Sharia law. Corporal punishment is also carried out in the Maldives, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), among other places.

The Sultan of Brunei has drawn criticism from human rights groups
The Sultan of Brunei has drawn criticism from human rights groups CREDIT: AFP
As per the aforementioned destinations, Brunei finds itself in the position of implementing a draconian penal code while trying to court international tourists. With an economy heavily reliant on oil – a commodity incompatible with global commitments to reduce CO2 emissions – Brunei is maneuvering to plug the anticipated gap in crude revenue by tapping into its underexploited potential as a holiday destination.
Currently, only around a quarter of a million tourists visit the country annually – Singapore, by contrast, which sits just across the South China Sea, receives more than that in a week. But the sultanate has ambitions to change that and by 2021 it aims to welcome half a million visitors annually.
To help entice more tourists, the state-owned carrier, Royal Brunei Airlines, recruited M&C Saatchi to devise a clever digital marketing campaign.n“Royal Brunei Airlines intends to grow revenues by increasing overall tourism inflow into Brunei,” explains M&C Saatchi on its website. “The objective is to get more people to plan a Brunei holiday, and choose to fly Royal Brunei Airlines while doing so. Our idea is to position Brunei as the antidote to the modern-day stress of city life in Asia and the world.”
However, even with one of the world’s best marketing agencies behind it, Brunei will now likely face an uphill battle enticing liberally-minded tourists.
“No amount of PR spin can hide the cruelty of Brunei’s new penal code provisions,” said a spokesperson for Amnesty International. “Imposing horrific penalties for acts that shouldn’t even be considered criminal, like same-sex sexual activity, is wrong on every level. The government should immediately withdraw the order enacting Syariah Penal Code Order 2013.”
While the campaign to boycott the Sultan of Brunei’s hotel group presumably extends to the destination itself, it raises questions about the effectiveness of a boycott, which will likely hurt ordinary people harder than the Sultan, whose personal fortune is estimated to be $20 billion (£15.2bn).

Kampong Ayer Floating village in Brunei
Kampong Ayer Floating village in Brunei CREDIT: ISTOCK
“Whilst the Brunei government’s decision to implement barbaric such practices is appalling, that does not mean that a tourism boycott is necessarily the correct response,” said Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible Travel
“It’s important to remember that the government’s response does not always accurately reflect the feelings of the people. And rather than impacting the government, jobs and livelihoods that depend on tourism would be lost, and it's the citizens who would suffer.”
Boycotts also raise questions about where tourists should draw moral lines. The Maldives, where stoning is also a punishment? The UAE, where adulterers are given 100 lashes? Morocco, where homosexuality is punishable by prison?   
“If we boycotted every country that didn’t have a clean record when it comes to human rights or animal welfare, for example, we would be left with a very small handful of places which we would feel comfortable visiting,” said Francis. 
“A country is far more complex than just one issue. We believe tourists have the power to travel responsibly, even in destinations with poor rights records."

March 17, 2019

A Massacre Happened When a Young White Man Felt There Are Too Many Immigrants}Too Little Whites!

The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on Saturday, a day after the attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens.
Wearing handcuffs and a white prison shirt, Brenton Harrison Tarrant sat impassively as the judge read the charge against him.
Tarrant, an Australian-born former fitness instructor, and self-professed fascist, did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance scheduled for April 5.
He was likely to face further charges, police said.






Brenton Tarrant, gestures as he is lead into the dock for his appearance for murder in the Christchurch District Court on March 16, 2019
Brenton Tarrant, gestures as he is lead into the dock for his appearance for murder in the Christchurch District Court on March 16, 2019 CREDIT: GETTY 
A "right-wing extremist" armed with semi-automatic weapons, the 28-year-old suspect rampaged through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers on Friday, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more.
The attack, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times, was immediately dubbed terrorism by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, as she led a shocked nation on one of its "darkest days."
The attacker live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away.






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Family members outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch
Mr. Tarrant allegedly published a racist "manifesto" on social media before the attack, featuring conspiracy theories about Europeans being displaced, and details of two years of preparation and radicalization leading up to the shootings.
"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
"From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned."
Two IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were found in a car and neutralized by the military, police said.
In Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".
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His two targets were the Masjid al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, and a second, smaller mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven more died. The remaining victim succumbed in hospital.
The dead were said to include women and children. Around 48 people were treated for gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital, including young children, with injuries ranging from critical to minor.
The survivors included 17 members of Bangladesh's cricket team, whose game against New Zealand on Saturday has been postponed, and a Palestinian man who fled for his life after seeing someone being shot in the head.
Ms Ardern vowed on Saturday to toughen the country's gun laws after revealing the alleged shooter had legally bought the five weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles, used in the massacre.
The nation's firearms laws are lax compared to neighbouring Australia, which enacted a strict gun control regime in the wake of a similar massacre in 1996.
Ms Ardern said  Tarrant obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 which allowed him to purchase the weapons used to mow down worshippers in two Christchurch mosques.
Some of the guns appear to have been modified to make them more deadly, she said, adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.
"The mere fact... that this individual had acquired a gun licence and acquired weapons of that range, then obviously I think people will be seeking change, and I'm committing to that," she told a press conference.
"I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change."  







Two police officers praised for arrest

A pair of rural New Zealand police officers dramatically arrested the suspected Christchurch gunman 36 minutes after authorities were alerted, it emerged on Saturday, as the prime minister hailed their bravery.
Jacinda Ardern said the alleged attacker, Brenton Tarrant, would surely have killed even more people were it not for the policemen.
"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack," Ardern told reporters in Christchurch.
Grainy video apparently shot from a passing car shows the gunman's light-coloured vehicle at the side of a busy road, rammed against the kerb by a police car and with one of its front wheels suspended in the air.
Two police officers - one of whom appears to be armed only with a handgun - can be seen pointing their weapons at the open passenger-side door.
"They were rural community cops I understand from Lincoln (a nearby town) who were present here. Anyone who has seen the footage... they put New Zealand first," Ardern said.
"The individual charged was in custody 36 minutes from receiving the first call," she said.
The officers can be seen dragging a black-clad figure away from the vehicle, as motorists slowly drove by on the other side of the city carriageway.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush also praised the officers who brought the massacre to a halt.
"I would also like to commend - and some of you would have seen, the brave actions on social media of police staff who responded to this incident," he said.
"I'm extremely proud of what they've done today."

Sayyad Milne was 'a typical Kiwi boy who loved playing football

Brydie Milne, the half-sister of 14-year-old victim Sayyad Milne, has described him as "a typical Kiwi boy who loved playing football", Claire Drake reports.
"He was just so kind and quietly gorgeous," Ms Milne, a mum of four living in the North Island, told The Telegraph. Sayyad was the youngest in the family.
He was at Al Noor mosque, on Deans Ave, with his mother when the massacre happened. Sayyad's mum was in a different part of the building and managed to escape the gunman; friends of the family reported seeing Sayyad "lying on the floor of the mosque, bleeding from his lower body," said Milne.  
"It was a horrible situation. Imagine what his mum went through - leaving the mosque without him, not knowing if he was alive."
The family reported Sayyad missing and waited at home for updates. Milne said they didn't hold much hope for the teen's survival.
"Understandably they had to follow procedures. The bodies had to stay there over night. He wouldn’t have had any ID on him, like many people there," she said.
"His mum, his poor mum, and his brother and sister have just had a very long night and day waiting."
On Saturday afternoon Sayyad's parents were summoned to identify his body, said Ms Milne.
"I’m devastated for my family, that they won’t get their baby boy back," she said.
Milne said she would fly down to be with her Christchurch-based family on Sunday.
"It’s just unreal in little New Zealand. It’s so not real. It’s going to be very real when I get to Christchurch tomorrow."
In Dunedin, cordons have been lifted from Sommerville St, where police were investigating a potential connection with the Christchurch mosque shootings. 






Police remain outside a house on Sommerville St, Dunedin, associated with gunman Brenton Trent.
Police remain outside a house on Sommerville St, Dunedin, associated with gunman Brenton Trent. CREDIT: CLAIRE DRAKE
Evacuated residents were allowed home on Saturday afternoon. Armed police remained outside at least one house, however.

'A brave little soldier': Boy, 14, dies

John Milne says his 14-year-old son Sayyad was among thise who died at the Al Noor Mosque.
Sayyad Milne was a student at Cashmere High School in Year 10 and attended the mosque every week with his mother and friends.
"I've lost my little boy, he's just turned 14," Mr Milne told NZME.
 "I haven't heard officially yet that he's actually passed but I know he has because he was seen. [I'm] keeping it together and tears are helping. people are helping. Just by being here, it is helping."

Saudi citizen among the dead

A Saudi citizen has been confirmed as one of the victims of the attack.
The Saudi-owned satellite news channel Al-Arabiya reports one of two citizens of the kingdom wounded in the New Zealand mosque attack has died.
The channel, citing his family, said Mohsen al-Muzaini had succumbed to the wounds he suffered in the shooting on Friday.
The channel reported the second wounded Saudi, named as 19-year-old Aseel Ansari, was struck in the knee by a rifle round, but still was able to flee.

Australia 'bans Milo Yiannopoulos' from country

Australia has reportedly banned Milo Yiannopoulos from entering the country after the controversial right-wing commentator described Islam as a "barbaric" and "alien" religious culture in the wake of the Christchurch attack.
The decision was made on Saturday morning, The Age reported. 
In a Facebook post overnight, Mr Yiannopoulos, who was due to tour Australia later this year, said: "Attacks like this happen because the establishment panders to and mollycoddles extremist leftism and barbaric, alien religious cultures. Not when someone dares to point it out."
Earlier, Labor frontbencher Tony Burke said: "Surely the Liberal government is still not going to issue a visa to someone so he can conduct a tour to promote hatred against Muslims."

'We still love this country'

An imam who was leading prayers at a Christchurch mosque when a gunman brandishing semi-automatic weapons mowed down his congregation said the Muslim community's love for New Zealand would not be shaken by the massacre.
"We still love this country," said Ibrahim Abdul Halim, imam of Linwood Mosque, vowing that extremists would "never ever touch our confidence".






A message is displayed at a makeshift memorial outside Christchurch hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand
A message is displayed at a makeshift memorial outside Christchurch hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand CREDIT: AP
Halim gave a harrowing account of the moment during Friday prayers when gunshots rang out in the mosque, replacing peaceful reflection with screaming, bloodshed and death.
"Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately," he said.
But, he said, New Zealand Muslims still felt at home in the south Pacific nation.
"My children live here" he said, adding, "we are happy".
He said the majority of New Zealanders "are very keen to support all of us, to give us full solidarity", describing how strangers exchanged hugs with him on Saturday.
"They start to... give me big hug, and give me more solidarity. This is something very important."

Ardern reiterates promise to change gun laws

 Ardern reiterated her promise that gun laws would change in New Zealand, and said the firearms used in the mosque shootings appear to have been modified.
"New Zealanders will question how someone can come into being in possession of weapons of this nature.
"The guns used in this case appear to have been modified. That's a challenge police have been facing and a challenge we will look to address in changing laws."
She added: "There are a raft of issues on the table that I think we need to look at. We need to include modification of guns which can lead them to becoming essentially the kinds of weapons we've seen used in this terrorist attack."






New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media in Christchurch
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media in Christchurch CREDIT: GETTY


Ardern: Suspect intended to continue rampage

Jacinda Ardern has spoken with the media during a visit to Christchurch.
The Prime Minister said the main suspect in New Zealand's worst peacetime mass shooting intended to continue the rampage before he was caught by police.
"The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack.
"I'm not privileged to a full breakdown at this point but it is clear that young children have been caught up in this horrific attack." 
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Muslim community representatives in Christchurch on Saturday




New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Muslim community representatives in Christchurch on Saturday CREDIT: GETTY 

First victim identified

The first of the 49 victims to be identified was 71-year-old Afghan Daoud Nabi.
Outside the court where Tarrant was charged, his son demanded justice for his late father, who believed New Zealand to be a "slice of paradise."
"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous," he said. "It's beyond imagination."
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the victims came from across the Muslim world, with Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries rendering consular assistance.
One Saudi citizen and two Jordanians were among the dead, while five Pakistani citizens were missing.

Hospital chief gives update on the wounded

Christchurch Hospital chief Greg Robertson says seven of the 48 gunshot victims admitted after Friday's mosque shootings in have been discharged.
Roberson says a four-year-old girl who has been transferred to an Auckland hospital in critical condition and 11 patients who remain in Christchurch are also critically wounded.
 "We have had patients with injuries to most parts of the body that range from relatively superficial soft tissue injuries to more complex injuries involving the chest, the abdomen, the pelvis, the long bones and the head."
He says many patients will require multiple operations to deal with their complex series of injuries.

Suspect was apprehended 36 minutes after first emergency call

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said on Saturday that officers were searching the suspected attacker's residence in the city of Dunedin.
He added that it took just 36 minutes from the initial emergency call before the offender was in custody.
Four people were taken into custody following the attack on Friday, one of whom was released a short time later.
Mr Bush said two of them were arrested at a cordon, and that police were currently working to establish whether they had had any involvement in the incident.
He also praised his officers for their brave actions in the wake of the tragedy, adding: "Their intervention may likely have saved further lives."

New Zealanders reach out to Muslim neighbours with acts of kindness

On Saturday, people across New Zealand were reaching out to Muslims in their communities on social media to volunteer acts of kindness.
Many offered rides to the grocery store or volunteered to walk with them if they felt unsafe.
In other forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.
The prime minister said the attack reflected "extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand."
Immigrants "have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home," Ardern said. "They are us." 

Suspect's family helping police

Australian police say the family of the suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings is helping their investigation.
New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says his officers are investigating to help New Zealand police and to ensure the safety of residents in the Australian state where suspect Brenton Tarrant is from.
Fuller says Tarrant's family is from the northern New South Wales town of Grafton and contacted police after seeing media reports of the shootings that killed at least 49.
Fuller says Tarrant has spent little time in Australia in the past four years.
Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Mick Willing says Tarrant was only known to police for "minor traffic matters."
Willing says there's no information to suggest any further threat in New Zealand or Australia.

Suspect pictured in court 

Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder, made a sign to the camera during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court in New Zealand.
The suspect was remanded without plea until his next appearance in the High Court on April 5.






Brenton Tarrant appears in the Christchurch District Court
Brenton Tarrant appears in the Christchurch District 
Court CREDIT: REUTERS


Sajid Javid  left 'sick to the stomach' by New Zealand attack

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he has been left "sick to the stomach" by the terror attack in New Zealand.
Writing in the Express, Mr Javid called the attack "heart-breaking".
He added: "Sick to the stomach by the massacre of 49 innocent worshippers as they attended Friday prayers.
"They were simply targeted for being Muslims, as they paid respects to God.
"My own late father never missed Friday prayers. I often joined him, and I fondly look back on the peaceful moments we shared."

Christchurch suspect appears in court charged with murder

New Zealand police tweeted that the suspect has now appeared in court in Christchurch.
There was no detail given of any plea entered.
The force tweeted: "While the man is currently facing only one charge, further charges will be laid. Details of those charges will be communicated at the earliest possible opportunity."
Police added that 45 additional officers were deployed to Christchurch from other districts, with another 80 being drafted in today.
They tweeted: "A complex investigation is under way into this terrible attack, and Police have a number of a priorities today in terms of investigation and intelligence gathering.
"However another absolute focus for us is to ensure that the victims of this attack, including family members and loved ones of those killed and injured, have the best possible structures in place to provide support and welfare."






Media gathered outside the district court in Christchurch
Media gathered outside the district court in Christchurch 
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Police begin search of scene

 New Zealand police are beginning a detailed search of the scenes of yesterday's attacks in the hope of uncovering more clues.






Police officers prepare to search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch
Police officers prepare to search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch CREDIT: MARK BAKER/AP

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